Are there any added benefits? We release new material several times a day, does cloud flare have to be manually updated or is it fully automatic?
Do I need to use the Wordpress plugin on our Wordpress self-hosted site to be able to use Cloudflare?
I don’t use it. Cloudflare doesn’t cache page content…just the static resources. So your updates will go live unless you’ve modified Cloudflare caching via Page Rules.